Top Activities on the Long Beach Peninsula
- Drive on the beach
- Ride a horse on the beach
- Discover a museum
- Fish on!
- Dig for Razor Clams
- Drop a Dungeness Crab pot
- Bring your dog
- Explore inexpensively
- Hunt birds ...with bincoculars
- Play a round of golf
- Get wise to shipwrecks
- Locate the "Clamshell Railroad"
- Brave a storm
- Take a hike
- Espy Oysterville - by foot or auto
- Stroll historic Seaview
- Sight Centennial Murals
- Meander Ocean Park
- Dip a paddle in pristine water
- Take a picnic
- Watch a whale spout
- Play safely on the beach
- Celebrate a special event
- Get pampered
- Worship at your chapel of choice
Top Attractions on the Long Beach Peninsula
- The Beach
- Long Beach Boardwalk
- Discovery Trail: Ilwaco to Long Beach
- North Head Lighthouse
- Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
- Cape Disappointment State Park
- Festivals & Events
- Fort Columbia State Park
- Leadbetter Point State Park
- Long Island
- Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
- Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
- Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
- Cranberry Museum
- Willapa Bay Interpretive Center
- Marsh\'s Free Museum / Jake
- Farms: cranberries, blueberries & more
- Astoria-Megler Bridge
- Day Trips: Astoria, OR & North Pacific County
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Horses have been a Peninsula tradition since its earliest days. In fact, most of the older homes on the Peninsula were built using horse-power. You may have noticed, when crossing the Astoria-Megler Bridge at low tide, old pilings in the middle of the Columbia River, left from the days when horses were housed in barns built on the pilings and were used to haul in seine nets in the fishing operations that took place on the river. Horses began this work in the mid-1890s. The Klipsan Beach Lifesaving Station reminds us of a time when horses played an integral role in rescuing people and boats stranded off shore.
One of the most popular activities for visitors to the Peninsula is taking a horseback ride along the uninterrupted stretches of beach fronting the Pacific Ocean. There are two businesses in the City of Long Beach which will provide horses and trained professionals to lead groups on tours. Unless a visitor brings his or her own steed, all horseback riding on the beach is accompanied by a guide. Following old horse wisdom in this area, local Back Country Wilderness Outfitters and Skipper’s Equestrian Center respect the unpredictability of oceanfront beaches and do not send visitors out alone.
A variety of horse adventures await you! In addition to daily guided rides along the beach, visitors can take a faster paced ride into Beard’s Hollow, a half-day trip over a hillside, a back country packing trip, a sunset ride by horseback, a wagon ride along the beach or an elegant carriage ride through historic Seaview or downtown Long Beach. And you haven’t really experienced the beach the old fashioned way unless you take part in a cowboy’s cream can dinner among the rocks at Beard’s Hollow. Pony rides are always available for youngsters, and little tykes can ride double with adults on most activities.
If you bring your own horse to ride on the beach, please observe the following rules:
- There is beach access at all the approaches and horse paths at Sid Snyder Drive and 2nd Street N.
- No riding on clam beds during low tide.
- No horses are allowed on the beach between Sid Snyder and Bolstad (north) between Memorial Day and September 15.
- You can ride south as far as Beard’s Hollow and north into Leadbetter State Park. Watch for Snowy Plover nesting area signage on the northern tip of the Peninsula. The nesting areas and the trails in Leadbetter Point State Park are closed to equestrian travel for wildlife preservation.
Take care when riding in the surf as horses can lose their footing in the shifting sand.
Ocean Beach Animal Clinic (360) 642-2223
Back Country Horse Rides
409 Sid Snyder Dr W
Long Beach, WA
6407 Sandridge Rd
Long Beach, WA
We accommodate horses with their owners. Limited pens available. First come, first served. Portable fencing welcome.
6409 Sandridge Rd
Long Beach, WA
Horse boarding, indoor stalls, outdoor paddocks, dry camping, overnight parking, riding lessons, kids horse camps, 1 ml from beach.
306 Sid Snyder Dr W
Long Beach, WA